Across the state yesterday, many students headed back to school for the first day of the 2023-24 school year. At a number of public charter schools, students had already begun the year. In honor of the official launch of the 2023-24 school year, the Coalition yesterday distributed a press release with key back-to-school charter facts. Among them:
- 211 public charter schools are operating in North Carolina this year. This figure includes seven new charter schools.
- Over the past decade, there has been a 172% increase in public charter school enrollment.
- In the 2022-23 school year, 77,000 student names were on waitlists for public charter schools. Over 137,000 students attended N.C. charter schools.
The Coalition asked schools to send in 2023-24 applicant/waitlist information in Spring 2023. Some highlights:
- Piedmont Community Charter School in Gaston County received 1,569 applications for 297 spots.
- Lake Norman Charter in Mecklenburg County received 6,504 applications for 207 spots.
- Greensboro Academy in Guilford County received 2,469 applications for 84 spots.
- Alamance Community School in Alamance County received 511 applications for 150 spots.
- Northeast Academy for Aerospace and Advanced Technologies in Pasquotank County received 455 applications for 105 spots.
In the release, Lindalyn Kakadelis, the executive director of the Coalition, said:
Public charter schools are an incredibly popular choice for North Carolina families, and demand continues to grow. Charter schools are public and free to attend. Through innovative curricula like drone pilot licensing programs, manufacturing certifications, and more, public charter schools offer something different.
Read the Coalition’s back-to-school press release.